January 21st, 2017

Opinions

National Affairs: Global darling Trudeau fails to deliver at home

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 19th, 2016

Here’s Justin Trudeau explaining his mission to the Guardian, the leading centre-left newspaper in Great Britain: “What we’re facing right now — in terms of the rise of populism and divisive and fearful narratives around the world — it’s based around the fact that globalization doesn’t seem to be working for the middle class, for ... Read More »

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Alternative medicine deserves skeptical treatment

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 17th, 2016

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” was a phrase made popular by famed scientist Carl Sagan, who inspired wonder and curiosity about the grand universe that surrounds us with the “Cosmos” series. It’s also a phrase to keep in mind, as the federal government looks to be in the process of changing how so-called “alternative” medicine ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Bringing the buzz kill to marijuana legalization

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 16th, 2016

Reading the 106-page report of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, with its determinedly bland cover design and its epically drab title, “A Framework For the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada,” it’s hard to shake the urge to blow off a little steam by sparking up a great big bowl of ... Read More »

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Open your charitable hearts and wallets at Christmas time

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 16th, 2016

Charitable giving is the lowest it has been in the last 10 years, according to a study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think tank. The study found about 21.3 per cent of Canadians included charitable donations on their tax returns in 2014. That was down 3.8 percentage points from 2004 ... Read More »

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Reality of carbon levy needs better explanation from Alberta government

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 15th, 2016

The Alberta Carbon Levy comes in on Jan. 1 and both sides are stuck in the same old arguments. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall again railed against the tax last week saying the true household costs have not been nor cannot be calculated. The provincial New Democrats and federal Liberals say the measure will aid trade, ... Read More »

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Pipeline approvals show climate leadership pays dividends: NDP

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 12th, 2016

With the federal approval of Enbridge’s Line 3 and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipelines, Alberta last month won an important victory. Getting pipelines to tidewater and access to the world’s fastest-growing markets means our province will get better prices for our oil resources and reduce our dependence on a single market. We’re doing this while ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Honour for schoolyard bully

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 10th, 2016

I just about spilled my coffee this morning while lying in bed and listening to the news. TIME Magazine’s choice for “Person of the Year” is Donald Trump! My first impulse was to say “That’s like naming the school bully as this year’s valedictorian.” The school bully — the person least likely to represent his ... Read More »

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Desmond a hero in Canadian battle for racial equality

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 10th, 2016

Most Canadians probably had no idea who Viola Desmond was until she was named on Thursday as the first woman who will grace the front of a Canadian banknote. What a shame. A decade before Rosa Parks became an icon for the U.S. civil rights movement, it was Desmond who refused to be removed from ... Read More »

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Cutting spending might ease pain of excessive gov’t advertising costs

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 9th, 2016

The idea that it will cost $9 million to sell the idea of the carbon tax to Albertans simply boggles the mind. It emerged on Wednesday that the government will spend $9 million to inform the people about the carbon tax that will take effect on Jan. 1. For the majority of Albertans the carbon ... Read More »

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Long view needed on power changes

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on December 8th, 2016

It’s often said that if you wrestle with a pig in mud, win or lose, you’re going to get dirty and the pig will enjoy it. Can the same be said for trying to overhaul Alberta’s vastly complicated electrical system? The messy, complicated, and — in the end — likely thankless task is the current ... Read More »

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